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weakling

[week-ling] /ˈwik lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person who is physically or morally weak.
adjective
2.
weak; not strong.
Origin of weakling
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30; weak + -ling1
Synonyms
1. milksop, chicken, namby-pamby.
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  • He was a weakling, and had no love of boyish sports; but he excelled in scholarship.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • He had known him for a fool, a weakling, a babbler, and a bibber of wine.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • Strange that so much should depend upon one man; tragic that the one man was a weakling.

    This One Problem M. C. Pease
  • And they would know they were garroting a man, and not a weakling!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Here I am weeping and wailing, she thought, as if I had no brains and as if I were a weakling.

  • It must be said for George Fleming that at least he was a hardy villain and no weakling.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • She struck him across the eyes with full strength, and she was no weakling.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • I know you are no coward or weakling, but he could throw you over the wall.

British Dictionary definitions for weakling

weakling

/ˈwiːklɪŋ/
noun
1.
a person or animal that is lacking in strength or weak in constitution or character
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Word Origin and History for weakling
n.

1520s, coined by Tyndale from weak as a loan-translation of Luther's Weichling "effeminate man," from German weich "soft" (see weak).

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